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Admission Requirements

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Admission Criteria for MSN
Enrollment Requirements for MSN

Admission Criteria for MSN:

Application for admission into the MSN program will be made through the Graduate School.  Applications should be completed by July 31 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.  Only applications with all necessary materials will be considered.  The Director, Graduate Programs in collaboration with graduate faculty will review applications and make a final recommendation regarding admission.  Each applicant will be notified in writing regarding admission decision.

To enroll students with the greatest potential for successfully completing the program, the Department of Nursing will consider the following criteria for full acceptance, in addition to general requirements for admission to the Graduate School:

  • Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited NLN or CCNE School of Nursing.
  • Current, valid North Carolina nursing license or a license with multistate practice privileges by authority of the Nurse Licensure Compact.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) for full admission.
  • Nursing practice experience (one year recommended).
  • Completed application and official transcripts of all post-secondary coursework sent directly from each institution to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Completion of a course in Descriptive/Inferential Statistics with a minimum of "C" or higher.
  • A personal statement describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty.  The personal statement should describe:
      • The development of your interest in graduate education in nursing
      • The reason for the specialty area to which you are applying
      • Your professional goals and how this specialization will help you achieve them
      • Your academic strengths and areas needing further development
      • Any special circumstances that you believe require further clarification
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae of educational and work experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors, supervisors or professional colleagues, two of which must come from individuals with a minimum of a master's degree in nursing, who are qualified to evaluate your professional nursing experience, academic competence and potential to undertake a master's degree program.
  • For graduates of BSN programs of greater than 5 years, it is recommended that an additional course or continuing education offering be completed prior to enrolling in the following graduate courses:  Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology.

Enrollment Requirements for MSN:

If offered admission, students must provide the following before starting the program:

  • Copy of physical health examination and immunizations as required by the University and Department of Nursing
  • Copy of current BCLS certification by the American Heart Association
  • Copy of professional liability insurance - all students must present evidence of coverage annually in the amounts of $1 million/$6 million
  • Copy of personal health insurance or coverage
  • Result of a Criminal History Database Check and Drug Screen clearance as specified by the Department of Nursing